Afternoon Tea at Roast

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Afternoon Tea
Sunday Lunch
Join us for a traditional British afternoon tea.

Our afternoon tea comprises of 3 courses including finger sandwiches, traditional scones served with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and true British cakes. It is served alongside a great selection of tea.

We offer the perfect environment to enjoy the great British tradition of afternoon tea whilst looking down on the hustle and bustle of London’s oldest market place.

Our new afternoon tea is available Monday to Saturday from 12noon to 6pm.

The menu relies on only the freshest produce so is often subject to change.
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JD
Surrey
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

I love the restaurant and have eaten here a few times & loved it, but afternoon tea was disappointing. Sandwiches were pretty flavourless and we found a bone in the coronation chicken one. Scones were so hard they crumbled to nothing when you cut them open. But the ambiance of Roast is lovely...and as it was my mum's birthday, we still had a lovely afternoon. Would definitely go back.. just not for afternoon tea.

F
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very nice but service not so great - lots of waiting and were missing one set of food, although waiters said it was coming we never received it. No milk was brought for tea. Overall very nice and well-priced food but not good service.

L
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Afternoon Tea: Took nearly an hour to be served. Didn’t take our drinks order when we sat. Had to ask twice for a soda and lime. Served our pots of tea after the food came. Average tasting food, well presented. Sandwiches a little dry. Tables around us were not cleared straight away after other guests left, not nice when you are still eating yours. Nice views of Borough market

M
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a 12:00 appointment for afternoon tea, but the hostess was so rude we left after waiting approximately 20 minutes for a table to be cleared. There were many other tables open, but because we asked to please not be sat right next to the noisy kitchen we were sent to sit at the bar and left to wait. After 20 minutes we looked and the table had not been cleared at all, so we went and found afternoon tea elsewhere.

OP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend doing afternoon tea here! The entire experience was incredible. We booked very close to the time of our actual appointment and the staff was very nice about this and was very considerate, especially considering there were some mistakes from our (the customer) side of things. Would HIGHLY recommend this place the food is great and the atmosphere was AMAZING

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We chose this place for afternoon tea based on online reviews. think our waitstaff forgot about us. We had to ask several others that worked there for things we needed. We had to sit in bar area, which for one in party was okay but the other person had to sit on a low stool without back. The tea was nice but besides that would not recommend. May be a good place for lunch or dinner but would choose somewhere else if you want afternoon tea experiences.

IB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Sandwiches stale, had been made in morning and refrigerated hence tasteless and hard.
Scones delicious,
cakes one good one stale.
Service indifferent, waitress made no enquiry if all ok even after first lot of sandwiches returned.
Very disappointed as this was a birthday treat for my friend.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious; it would be good if portion sizes of the cakes were smaller but of more variety than just two cakes. Didn't see a single person finish their portion, perhaps a couple's option at a lower cost would be better (it took two of us 2 hours to get through everything, and we still didn't finish).

KS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my mother's 75th birthday with afternoon tea. Great service, kind enough to sit us in the restaurant rather than bar (which is where they normally serve tea and would not have been appropriate for my mother). Brought discrete birthday candle for us to wish happy birthday. Attentive polite busy staff that did not rush us. Overall a lovely experience that I recommend to all.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place and afternoon tea included many British things to try. Scones were a bit too small and too much like biscuit.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting, quite a basic afternoon tea for the price.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, lovely staff. Would definitely recommend

JA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tea was wonderful. I highly recommend Roast. A beautiful restaurant with rock n roll memorabilia, a great view on the upper level down to borough market. Not crowded-- service pleasant, not overwhelming.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea was fantastic, the restaurant, staff, location and value was perfect, great experience of a London afternoon tea.

If you stumble across this restaurant like I did then book it you won’t regret it.

LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great afternoon tea, really hits the spot. The cakes were scrumptious, and there was plenty of tea and Pims to wash it all down

MB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The tea was delicious along with all the goodies. The decor was sleek and it was all well worth the price...which was so cheap compared to other places and we got all the same things. So happy we went to Roast!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so nice this afternoon tea! We had a great selection of teas to choose from, and a massive tea pot that kept on going! The strawberry and kiwi tea was really tasty! A great little selection of cakes and sandwiches, we were very full after it! And to finish off, the staff also brought our friend a surprise happy birthday ice cream with a little candle and happy birthday written on the plate, so cute! We would definitely go again!

EL
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food, great experience of afternoon tea, really nice and cosy place

MB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Stale sandwiches.. Rude waitress and generally below par food

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

It took half and hour to be served our food, which had been pre-booked a month in advance and were only served after highlighting to the staff that we hadn't yet received our order. Even after the 30 minute wait we only received half of the order and it took another 45 minutes, again having to call over a member of staff, to receive the other items.

EM
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

With the British summer comes a plethora of Afternoon Tea offerings from many different eating and drinking establishments. Roast has great views of Borough Market, a bustling food market full of amazing food which we imagined would be reflected in an outstanding afternoon tea, but this was not the case. Bland sandwiches and an overabundance of sweet items. We paid extra for a Pimms and that was the high point of the tea, together with warm fluffy pillows of scone so enormous that we actually had to take the cakes home as the scone filled every spare part of tummy (I shared them with my other half, but they were unremarkable really.) The choice of tea is also very limited - Assam, Earl Grey, Breakfast, herb. The staff were really friendly and the surrounding were nice which is why I've given it a 3/5 to reflect that the staff are making the effort.

SD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Afternoon tea was delicious and plenty. Service was a bit slow as there appeared to be only one waiter so the bartender helped us.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Theme Of Our Lives: EAT WELL, LOVE LIFE💕 It’s so interesting how things in life can change so drastically but it’s even more interesting how some things will never change👭! It’s not soju in Korea but multiple flutes of champagne in England. Cheers @grace_loves_to_eat🥂. I cannot believe we both live in Europe and we had afternoon teatime English-style in #LONDON 🇬🇧, with your gorgeous & sweet daughter, Jo🍼, with your amazing husband, who of course came to save the day💪, so we could catching up like true Seoul sisters popping bottles🍾 like the good o’days. Hands down, the most champagne I’ve ever had in my life🤪. And to top this joy all off, our table was randomly selected to have our entire meal comped by the restaurant. Thank you so much for an unforgettable reunion at @roast_restaurant located in @boroughmarket !🙌 We hope we weren’t too much of riot during our 4+ afternoon teatime😬. We will definitely be back!!!👏👏👏 Amazing good & great service.

LC
London
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was appalling. Our waiter clearly did not want to be there. He was very rude, desultory and did not attend to us in any way that looks anything like good service. I had to top up my guests' glasses myself because he was not doing it. Such a shame. The venue is great. The food was good. Monumentally let down by your waiting staff.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sandwiches were not fresh and came from the fridge, tomato and cucumber got all soft and watery and sandwiches were soggy. Same with cakes, butter frosting on one of the cakes was cold and hard. We liked the scones and the dessert shooters. The amount of tea in the pot was sufficient. The service was attentive and friendly, however, we booked the table for Afternoon Tea at noon, and came on time, but the food was served only 25 min later. Not sure what were they doing since everything came from the fridge. The price is one of the most affordable in London, so I guess it's okay. But wouldn't come again and don't recommend it.

LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I loved our relaxing afternoon tea at Roast while visiting London. The restaurant is filled with natural light, the ambiance is elegant but not too formal. Service was excellent, food and tea was wonderful, and the overall price was affordable. A great way to end our stay in London.

NB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 6 of us and we all enjoyed our afternoon tea very much. The service was excellent, the gentlemen who looked after our table made our day when he brought out dessert with a lit candle to wish my friend a happy birthday - very special and thank you very much :)

CB
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Roast several times, for Sunday lunch, and wanted to try the tea. It was really nice and good value for money. The refurbished bar was a good place to have it too.

NM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went for afternoon tea, it's a surprising location above Borough Market and it's fun to watch, but inside it's extremely noisy...
It was still the end of lunch rush maybe. Service was OK, just polite but not very friendly. Too bad we only get 1 pot of tea because then your tea is cold at the end of your afternoon tea, when you still have lots to eat... (maybe the place is too busy for staff to come ask if we would like a fresh pot of tea) The scones & cakes were super tasty!

AA
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We were a party of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids). The server should have been forthcoming and told us that we didnt need to order 5 "afternoon tea" for our party. We could have easily shared 2 (3 tops). It comes with a pot of tea + plenty of sandwiches and scones/desserts each that could have been shared instead of scamming us for 5 orders. So as not to waste, we took over 2/3 of the items because it was too much. The sandwiches were average at best. Very disappointed given the $$ spent.

b
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrive at Roast, and were seated in the bar area. The waiter quickly explained how it worked and took our tea and drinks order. The food arrived and there was plenty. Only criticism only one small jam. All tasted great, the shot glasses were perfect, my favourite sticky toffee pudding.
I love the space and the glass at Roast but it does mean it gets noisy.
We commented on the scones and they turned out to be made on the premises.
Not too expensive.

LP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to take our American friends who wanted to experience High Tea. Everything tasted fabulous, service was fast and friendly. Could not recommend this place more - loved it!

K
London
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely tea! Gorgeous atmosphere & nice staff. Was overall a good day out and had a great view overlooking borough market... I will definitely be returning!

AK
London
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, beautiful restaurant, great food! Would recommend in a heartbeat :)

GM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Loved the food. We had a fee dietary needs which they accommodated really well.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from the United States and Roast was recommended by a friend from the UK. Messaged ahead of time that our son has dairy and nut allergies. We came for afternoon brunch not expecting that he would have many options. We were so pleased and my son was delighted. He even said it was the “best day of his life” when the platter arrived. He ate to his hearts content and so did we. Thank you and will definitely come back when we return.

h
Orange County
60 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We returned to London for the first time in over 35 years, this time celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary. We saw Rudy Maxa's travel segment covering London recommending a lunch at Roast when visiting Borough Market. Roast serves afternoon tea as early as 12 noon, which better suited our schedule, and what a fabulous tea it was -- beautifully presented and tiers heaped with mouth-watering sandwiches and pastries to delight any sweet tooth. As my husband has dietary restrictions that preclude almost everything offered at traditional teas, Roast graciously accommodated his ordering off the regular lunch menu while I luxuriated in their afternoon tea. Everyone from the hostess to the servers were extremely courteous, prompt and welcoming. My husband's lunch of roast beef and yorkshire pudding was exceptionally generous; sheer deliciousness! These were meals fit for a king and we were treated like royalty. We will have fond memories for many years to come and wish we lived locally so we could frequent Roast often.

C
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great location and outstanding value for money! 6 of us enjoyed afternoon tea and all agreed it was the best afternoon tea we’d ever had! Thank you to Roast for a wonderful afternoon! I’m sure we’ll be back!

EA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing value for money. We had the afternoon tea with bubbles. The carrot cake was amazing! I’ve been here for breakfast before and the service and food has always been impeccable. My guests were really impressed with the venue, setting and food. The staff were really attentive, especially Aly who made us feel very welcome. We will definitely be back! A great find in a wonderful setting.

ES
London
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I booked this reservation with a lot of hope and very high expectations. All of my expectations were met and for the price Afternoon Tea was more than worth it. The restaurant is in a great location and has a calming atmosphere which is appreciated when coming from the market atmosphere. The food was fantastic and my friends and I left feeling extra full after our hours at tea together. I would go back again in a heartbeat.

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